The University of Alaska provides reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth,
and related medical conditions. The University of Alaska is committed to providing an accessible and inclusive campus
environment for our students, employees, and the public. To ensure equal access for
pregnant individuals, the university provides reasonable accommodations and adjustments
related to pregnancy and childbirth. Specific accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis and determined by individual
Accommodation requests can be made in person, online, via email or by phone call. The Specialist will discuss your pregnancy or parenting needs and may request documentation that supports the requested accommodations.
Students and employees will be provided reasonable accommodations based upon their pregnancy and parenting related needs. Specific accommodations will vary from person to person. Some examples of accommodations may include:
- Providing a larger desk.
- Allowing breaks during class, as needed.
- Permitting temporary faculty/staff parking.
- Rescheduling tests or exams.
- Excusing absences due to pregnancy or related conditions.
- Submitting work after a deadline missed due to pregnancy or childbirth.*
- Providing alternatives to make up for missed work.
- Permitting a reasonable time for nursing and access to lactation spaces.
- Allowing excused absences for parenting students (both male and female) who need to take their children to medical appointments or to take care of their sick children.
- Adjustments to reduce potential exposure to harmful chemicals.
- Modifying lifting/standing requirements, restrictions, or limits.
*Pregnant students will be allowed to make up any work missed due to medically necessary absences for pregnancy. Students will be offered acceptable alternative arrangements to make up missed work. The student will not be required to complete make up work until the student's medically-necessary absences for pregnancy are completed.
Students are not required to inform anyone of their pregnancy or parenting status. However, the University aims to create an environment that encourages students to share this information with the Title IX Department, so that the University can provide the proper support and assistance.
A student may not be penalized for absences known to be due to pregnancy, childbirth, or other related medical conditions. A professor cannot reduce a pregnant student’s grade because of attendance or participation points that the student missed during excused absences due to her pregnancy-related conditions. The professor must give the student a reasonable opportunity to earn back the credit missed due to pregnancy.
- Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students (pamphlet from the US Department of Education)
- Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes (NCAA)
- Pregnant and Parenting Students (National Women’s Law Center)
- Pregnant on Campus Initiative
- Pregnancy Resources from the American Association of University Professors
- The Pregnant Scholar – Title IX Basics
- National Women's Law Center - Pregnant and Parenting Students' Rights
- U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (June 2013) - Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students